Arsenal’s lack of Champions League football next season could be an obstacle in their chase for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, according to claims from Brazil.
Goal Brasil writes that with the Gunners’ potential failure to stay in the Premier League’s top four, there are a couple of reasons why the pursuit for the 25-year-old may collapse, despite other aspects going well.
The first one is the smaller investment in signings, with the report claiming Arsenal would need to decrease their current €50m offer for the player.
The lack of a place in the Champions League would also have influence on the player’s decision, especially because there are other European clubs who should bid for him.
Still, Goal Brasil learned that this is not the most important point for Jesus. The striker is more focused on finding a place where he can play more, with the priority being for a long and ‘financially advantageous’ contract. That could be found at Arsenal.
It’s said that the player’s agent Paulo Pitombeira is flying to Europe at the weekend, and will speak to Manchester City’s board after the end of the Premier League. He’s also set to talk to the interested clubs.
According to the report, Pep Guardiola’s side had initially demanded €60m for the move, but are willing to accept Arsenal’s offer of €50m. Still, with nothing done yet, Juventus are also seen as an ‘alternative’ for the striker.